Real Madrid fired coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday as the Spanish club again showed it won't tolerate a season without a major trophy. Ancelotti was let go despite being popular among both players and fans and having led Madrid to its 10th European Cup title just a year ago. This season the team finished second in the Spanish league - two points behind archrival Barcelona - lost in the Champions League semifinals to Juventus and exited the Copa del Rey against crosstown rival Atletico Madrid.
The Chicago Bears have released defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from him assaulting a woman who was holding a baby. Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke reports that McDonald was arrested at 7 a.m. Monday on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment. Bears General Manager Ryan Pace released a statement saying McDonald did not meet the expectations set out for him when he was signed.
A loss by Venus Williams in the first round at a Grand Slam is no longer the rarity it once was. For the 15th-seeded Williams, it was her second opening defeat in three years at Roland Garros. Williams didn't show up for a news conference, meaning she could face a fine.
Back on a big league field, Josh Hamilton struck out on four pitches in the first inning Monday. At least he was in the lineup, playing with the Texas Rangers for the first time in three years. Hamilton drew some cheers when he came to bat after consecutive home runs by Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre.
Wilmer Flores hit a tiebreaking three-run homer off Justin De Fratus in the sixth inning to help Bartolo Colon win a day after the pitcher's 42nd birthday, and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 Monday to stop a three-game losing streak. With the score 3-all, Daniel Murphy led off the sixth with a single off Elvis Araujo (1-1), De Fratus walked Michael Cuddyer and Flores homered off the original 16-foot left-field wall, over the 8-foot blue fence erected in front of it for the 2012 season. ''He's been pitching for 50 years,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said playfully before the game.
Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce hit two-run homers off Dallas Keuchel, and the Baltimore Orioles dealt the left-hander his first loss in a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday. Keuchel (6-1) came in with a 1.67 ERA and had won three straight starts. Keuchel gave up six hits, struck out three and walked one over eight innings in his first complete game of 2015 and seventh of his career.
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Monday for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game in Miami. Matusz immediately appealed and was in uniform for Baltimore's game against the Houston Astros on Monday afternoon. Miami manager Dan Jennings asked umpire Paul Emmel to inspect Matusz's right arm, and Emmel ejected the pitcher.
After 17 grueling periods crammed into just four games, the Anaheim Ducks have no doubt they can play at hockey's highest level with the Chicago Blackhawks. Heading into a pivotal Game 5 on Monday in the Western Conference finals, the Ducks also realize their two gut-wrenching overtime losses were missed opportunities to take out their veteran, playoff-tested opponents - and they can't afford two more. Chicago evened the series at two games apiece on Saturday night with Antoine Vermette's goal in double overtime.
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors aren't worried about a letdown in Game 4 after taking a 3-0 lead over the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference finals. The Warriors are one win away from reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since they won the 1975 title after Curry poured in 40 points in a 115-80 win in Game 3 on Saturday night. The MVP made seven 3-pointers in the victory to set an NBA record for most 3s in a postseason with 64.